4.13.2011

Nutty Greens with Bacon and Blue Cheese


The last several times that I have made green beans they have been just so-so. Lacking flavor, complexity and definitely nothing to write home about. Then I found it! A recipe that finally had something worthy of trying and ultimately, after tasting, worthy of posting for you guys. These nutty green beans have the slightest hint of blue cheese. The saltiness of the bacon mixed with the sweetness of the glazed pecans give that sweet and salty combination that we all yearn for in every dish!

Source: Food Network's Claire Robinson

You Will Need:
  • Kosher Salt
  • 2 cups green beans, trimmed
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese, cut into small chunks
  • 1/4 cup glazed whole pecans, coarsely chopped ( I used Emerald)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Here we go:
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat
  • Add the green beans and cook for about 2 minutes
  • Remove the beans from the water and immediately place in a bowl of ice water to stop beans from cooking
  • Remove the green beans from the ice water and set aside in a medium sized bowl
  • In a large saute pan, over medium heat, cook the bacon until crisp
  • Remove the bacon and place on paper towels
  • Add the beans to the bacon drippings and cook over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes
  • Add the blue cheese and toss just until it starts to melt
  • Break the cooked bacon into bite-size pieces and add to pan
  • Finish by stirring in the toasted chopped pecans
  • Season with the freshly ground black pepper and just a tiny pinch of kosher salt
  • Serve immediately

Serves 2
Happy Feasting!

20 comments:

Brandie @ The Country Cook said...

Wow - great combination of flavors there. I'm a huge green bean lover!

Kate said...

Brandie, I am a green bean lover too and have to tell you that the flavor combos in this recipe are fantastic! Thanks for following - I am already a follower of your blog -love it!

SomethingDifferentForDinner said...

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Our Eyes Eat First said...

wish i ate bacon! ugh.. this looks sooo yum!

Kate said...

Thanks for stopping by Kelly! Glad you like my blog :-)

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

Bacon AND blue cheese!!! YUM!

RebekahRose said...

Those look awesome!! Yumm!!

Just for Cooking said...

Looks great. I have a big bag of fresh beans I picked up at the farmer's market and I was trying to think of something different to do with them.

Stephanie said...

Yum! I'm on board with anything that has bacon or blue cheese!

Anncoo said...

Mmm...this sounds very delicious with bacon and cheese added in the green beans. Love it!
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Victoria said...

Great combo! Love the blue cheese and bacon with these green beans. A great side dish :)

Kim - Liv Life said...

MMM!!! While I'm not much of a bacon fan I do adore it with blue cheese... add in the walnuts and the beans and I believe you have a true winner. I'll take seconds!!

briarrose said...

Wonderful side dish. I don't think anyone would pass up a chance to taste these.

Sandra said...

I love this Kate..I am also big fan of the combo that you used, bacon and green beans with blue cheese..delicious!!!!

Dawn said...

Mmmm...now that is one tasty way to eat your green beans.

Firefly@fireflyblog.org said...

Such a yummy combination, I usually put feta on everything but blue cheese is yummy too :D thanks for sharing!

Jenn from Much to My Delight said...

Well, hello heaven! I'd never have thought to combine blue cheese with green beans, but that sounds excellent!

Celia said...

I'm a total blue cheese nut to begin with - but this looks so tasty, generally...

Kate@Diethood said...

Bacon makes everything taste that much better... especially green beans!! :)

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